Quito is a common stopover point en route to the Galapagos Islands, but the city itself also has a lot to offer. When searching for a place to stay in Quito before or after your Galapagos adventure, there is no need to sacrifice luxury. The city has many incredible options ,but one of my favorites is Casa Gangotena, which offers the perfect blend of classic cosmopolitan luxury and Ecuadorian culture. When in opened, Conde Nast Traveler listed Casa Cangotena on its 2012 Hot List as a fantastic new accommodation, and it certainly lives up to that reputation.
The Casa Gangotena is Quito’s top hotel, located overlooking the quiet Plaza San Francisco about 3 blocks from the Plaza Grande. I admittedly had previously thought that the hotel was in Plaza Grande, but it is still easy to find and within walking distance to the center of the city. The building’s white facade is crisp and modern with a hint of colonial panache in the detailing. Inside is spacious and light in comparison to many of the historical hotels in the city, which tend to suffer from perpetual stuffiness. The hotels 31 rooms are beautifully appointed, with light-colored décor, large windows, and bathrooms featuring separate showers and bathtubs. Plus, all were equipped with luxurious L’Occitane amenities, rather than generic hotel branded soaps.
Casa Gangotena’s public areas include a rooftop terrace, a spacious lounge, and garden. Guests can sit in these lovely open spaces and enjoy complimentary tea, served daily. The roof overlooks the Plaza San Francisco, a charming little square bustling with the happenings of daily Quito life. There is an elegant on-site restaurant, Cedrón, inspired by Ecuador’s diverse flavors from the highlands to the coast.
Casa Gangotena is the best choice for clients looking for sheer luxury with a splash of Ecuadorian culture who prefer a more fresh and modern option than historical hotels like Plaza Grande. Whether you’re looking to charge your spirits for your Galapagos adventure or unwind after your exciting journey, Casa Gangotena is an excellent option for our clients in the moments of respite between their island adventures.
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